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Spencer is a self-taught artist who began drawing at a young age. Her professional career began in New York City in 1997 working in the fields of advertising and event production. She was a photographer before devoting herself entirely to drawing and painting in 2003 while living in Paris. During this time, Spencer created small works loosely superimposing cartoon-based forms and non-figurative shapes. Influenced by surrealism, cubism and abstract expressionism, this period gave birth to figures and landscapes she would build upon in her later work. The financial crisis in 2008 marked a turning point in Spencer’s art. She began using symbols and content from news sources, reflecting more social, political and cultural themes such as healthcare and different facets of the economic crisis. The presidential campaigns in France and in the United States informed her paintings and the general state of world affairs led to her creating  larger compositions, loosening her brushstrokes and exploring more explosive movement, content and color. In 2010, Spencer moved to Chicago, where she currently lives and works.


She is the Founder of Hana Pietri, an artist-run platform,  studio, gallery + art production space that champions self-taught and contemporary artists and projects. Spencer is also the co-founder of Latest Acquisition. 


Her work is included in many private collections throughout the United States, Europe,  Asia and the Middle East.



2016      "Artform", Elastic Arts Foundation, Chicago

2011       "Subconscious Thought", Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago

2008    "Drawings and paintings", Le Mécène, Paris

2007    "Drawings and paintings", Cabinet 28 octobre, Paris

2003    "Manhattan slideshow", exhibition of photographs in a private apartment, Paris

1999     "When a night turns dark", exhibition of photographs in a private apartment, NYC

1999     "Players?", exhibition of photographs in a private apartment, NYC

1998     "Projecting", Void, NYC

1998     "Unusual pictures", Gemini, NYC


2024 Awakening Earth, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago

2021  Eat Paint Studio Gallery, Chicago

2021  The Other Art Fair, Revel Fulton Market, Chicago

2018  The Other Art Fair, Mana Contemporary, Chicago

2017  "30 Ans de l'Association Florence", Espace Commines, Paris

2015   “Sights, Sounds, and Sensations of the City”, State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University, Chicago           

2011    Lincoln Park Art Fair, Chicago

2011    "Circus Surreal", The Observatory, Chicago

2011    "Exploding faces, (Confining Spaces)", Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago

2010   New works, FIAC Off, Atelier of Xavier Deshoulieres, Paris

2009  "Imaginaire", Espace Commines, Paris

2007   Housing Works Art Show, Housing Works bookstore, NYC

1998   " Save the Garden", CHARAS / El Bohio, NYC


03.11.2011  Art Burst Chicago

02.25.2011  The Chicago Tribune

02.02.2011  Chicago Art Review

2011/2012    La Bible de la Figuration Contemporaine, Editions Lelivredart, Paris



1996    Bachelor of Arts / Hispanic Studies / Connecticut College 

1995    Universidad de las Americas, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico

1994    La Nouvelle Sorbonne, Paris, France

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